Public health alert issued for corned beef, chicken products in 9 states

WASHINGTON (WKBN) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a public alert for some meat and poultry products that were illegally imported.

The following ready-to-eat meat and poultry products are affected: Argentina Brand Corned Beef (150 g, 175 g and 260 g cans), Purefoods Corned Beef (150 g and 210 g cans), Chunkee Corned Beef (150 g and 190 g cans) and Lady's Choice Chicken Spread (7.43-ounce jar).

(USDA/FSIS)

The corned beef and chicken products were shipped to restaurants and retailers in several states, the FSIS said, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia.

The report says the products were shipped from the Philippines.

The USDA said no one has reported adverse reactions to the products, and in case of concerns, a health care provider should be contacted.

The USDA said the issue came to light at a retailer during FSIS' routine surveillance activities. It was found that meat and poultry products shipped from the Philippines were not eligible to be exported to the U.S., and they had no producing establishment information.

Over 2,000 pounds of frozen chicken products recalled

The FSIS is urging retailers not to sell the products, and consumers should not eat or serve them.

"Consumers are asked to double bag the product when discarding it to reduce the possibility of animals accessing the product because USDA cannot confirm whether the products were properly heated to control pathogens of concern to domestic livestock and poultry," the FSIS said.

Anyone with questions can contact John Ducar, Owner, Redsealuxury, LLC, at 646-669-4020 or johnny@redsealux.com. The USDA said that consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov

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